Leeds make bid to sign "artistic playmaker"

Jean-Paul Boëtius

Leeds have suddenly made the European market their focus this summer.

From being linked to a plethora of domestic players, it appears as though Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta's policy has changed.

This comes after tying up a number of deals up at the beginning of the week.

Teenagers Charlie Allen and Joe Gelhardt were signed from Linfield and Wigan Athletic respectively before Jack Harrison re-signed for the Whites.

Harrison has spent the last two years on loan at Elland Road but has been signed up for a third consecutive season in West Yorkshire.

The Manchester City loanee has rarely missed a game under Bielsa so it was no surprise to see him return with such ease. 

However, domestic footballers are now being forgotten about. Leeds have targeted free agent Mauricio Isla and Stuttgart's Nico Gonzalez, but it's another Bundesliga player now taking their fancy.

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According to a report from BILD (via Inside Futbol), the Whites have already made a bid to sign Mainz winger Jean-Paul Boetius. 

Orta was supposedly flying around Europe in search of an attacker last week and it looks as though he may have found his ideal man. 

The German publication suggests that Leeds aren't the only team interested, with Fulham, Sevilla and Fiorentina also in the mix. 

That report comes after quotes emerged from Boetius' agent. 

He issued a four-word update on the player's future, admitting: "We have four offers."

Boetius is currently valued at just £4.32m according to Transfermarkt.

Boetius and Jadon Sancho

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Boetius is by no means a household name but the Dutchman has enjoyed a profitable three years.

He starred for Feyenoord in 2017/18, contributing to 13 goals before racking up 11 involvements in 2018/19.

This season, meanwhile, he registered similar numbers, scoring four goals and creating five assists on his way to being dubbed an "artistic playmaker". Those numbers aren't groundbreaking but it points to a player who has plenty of ability in the final third.

Boetius can play on either flank or through the middle and that suits Leeds' style down to the ground. Bielsa has a plethora of attackers in a similar mould who can operate all across the front line, whether it be Pablo Hernandez, Tyler Roberts or Helder Costa. 

Boetius

One of the most eye-catching aspects of his game is the amount of times he gets fouled per match. This season he was brought down 2.1 times per game, a number that eclipses every single Leeds player.

He averages 0.1 more than Luke Ayling, a player who has become famed at Elland Road for earning an easy foul.

This bodes well for set-piece takers Kalvin Phillips and Harrison. 

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